You can do a lot with your interior choices.
You can create a cosy, welcoming vibe, you can show off your personality and your playful side – and now you can send a message about inequality.
A new candle has been released that calls out workplace discrimination, and white male CEOs.
Named ‘85% of CEOs are white men’, the candle aims to raise awareness of the prejudice that still exists towards gender, sexuality and skin colour, and how a shocking 85% of Fortune 500 CEOs are still white men.
The CEO of the company that launched the candle – Lightning Travel Recruitment – is also, incidentally, a white man.
They say the product has been designed to smell exactly how the workplace would with no diversity. Plain old vanilla.
The good news is that all profits from the candle will be donated to Moonlight Experiences – an organisation that supports LGBTQ+ individuals and allies – to help them continue the great work they’re doing.
The candle also comes with a supporting booklet that provides information about current workplace issues surrounding diversity, a helpful glossary of terms, and a wide range of recommended resources for further education.
It has a burn time of 30 hours and is made from recycled materials and vegan soy wax. All labels are recycled paper and once used, the candle tins can either be reused or recycled.
‘The aim of this candle – and all the other work we do – is to call out the bulls**t that we see on a daily basis in the travel industry,’ says Chris King, founder of Lightning Travel Recruitment.
‘The quotes that we’ve used in the booklet, such as “we just struggle to find diverse talent”, might seem sensationalist, but they are actually ones that myself and many other marginalised groups will have heard first-hand from senior leaders within the industry.
‘It feels like the travel industry is almost proud of the fact that it is elite and glamourises itself to make up for its internal shortcomings. Instead, we should be normalising the industry, educating ourselves, and investing in people based on their capabilities and irrespectively of their gender, race or sexuality.
‘Right now, the majority of the travel industry just reflects one type of person. It is not even inviting diverse talent to the party, let alone asking these people to dance.’
Although focusing on travel, hospitality and leisure, the issues and statistics included are by no means unique to these industries and are reflected in many other sectors too.
The ‘85% of CEOs are white men’ candle retails for £14.99 and is available to buy on Flaming Crap’s website.
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